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Indian American Achievements and the "Jugaad Factor": Sailesh Gets Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award

Potomac, MD, August 28, 2009: Mr. Sailesh Patel receives the AIA Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 award from Dr. Usha Kumar, President, Associations of Indians in America (AIA) Washington, D.C. while AIA's 2009 Community service award went to Dr. Kamala Edwards. Highlights of Dr. Usha Kumar's inspiring speech about Indians and the "Juggad" factor on the 30th Annual AIA Academic and Outstanding achievement awards reception:

One could say there has never been a better time for us in recent history…we are the world’s physicians, academicians, artists…Bollywood has never been so popular…JAI HO.

Indian ceos head over 10 Fortune 500 firms. Under 40 years of age , Francisco D'Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions, is one of the youngest CEOs in America, running an American public company that is worth at least $500 million. Vikram Pandit, Rajat Gupta , Rana Talwar, Arun Netravalli, and lets not forget Saber Bhatia of Hotmail…Neel Kasahkari, Vivek Kundra, Aneesh Chopra, Rajiv Gupta (HP), Vinod Dham (Pentium chip), Azim Premji ( WIPRO). WHY IS IT SO?

Professor Harbir Singh ,Vice-Dean of Global Initiatives and Chair of the Management Department at the Wharton School said. "One very unique difference, is that Indian leaders think in English, thanks to their Western educations, but act in an Indian context. They internalize Western best practices but adapt them to India." They also have long-term strategic vision and aim beyond just the next quarter and their shareholders interests. But the most unique quality of the Indian management style — the "Jugaad" factor ..I love that and we are all too familiar with it…. the tendency to resort to an improvised quick fix or make-do. "…it is this Jugaad that lets us make do under any situation…we are only 1.5% of the US population…YET, about 40% of doctors , 12% scientists , 36% of NASA scientists , 34% of Microsoft employees , 28% of IBM employees , 17% of INTEL scientists. 13% of XEROX employees, ALL THESE ARE INDIANS

India has the second largest pool of Scientists and Engineers in the World and a small fraction is in our audience. India is the only country other than US and Japan, to have built a super computer indigenously. MAYBE IT IS IN OUR GENES…We live among people whose only business is war and yet India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history. .We invented the Number system. Aryabhatta invented the Zero and Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus came from India . Sridharacharya in the 11th Century gave us Quadratic equations. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were some where near 106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 10 53. In 100 BC we gave the world the decimal. or the place value system.

Takshila, the world's first University was established in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda was built in the 4th century BC.

Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software …even the Forbes magazine thinks so. 5000 years ago on the river Sindh, India gave birth to the art of navigation. The word 'Navigation' is derived from Sanskrit NAVGATIH. Budhayana first calculated the value of pi and also explained the concept of the Pythagorean Theorem. Budhayan's works dates to the 6th Century which is long before the Europeans figured out mathematics.

According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds to the world. USA based IEEE (Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers) has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi. The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was. built in Saurashtra.. Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago...Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place. 2600 years ago Sushruta, the father of surgery, and others of his time conducted surgeries like caesareans, cataract, fractures and urinary stones. Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India. Over 5000 years ago, we established Harappan culture in the Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization) when most of the world were only nomadic forest dwellers or in Sanskrit, nagna vicharan.

Although western media loves to portray much of India as poverty stricken and under developed through political corruption, we once were the richest empire on earth. ..and give us time I say, we’ll get there yet again.

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